Arsharvin first hit the big time after shining for his counry at Euro 2008, prompting Arsene Wenger to begin a long chase for his signature.
But he has never really hit the heights of that tournament in Austria and Poland again - and especially not in the red of Arsenal since signing from Zenit in February 2009.
"Speaking honestly I think my performances for Arsenal have been average," he said. "I've done some good things but don't assess my game on goals or assists - I look at the whole picture.
"Normally when I'm on the pitch I take control of a game but I haven't really done that here. I'm an extra tool in the team rather than the main one, so it's been difficult."
Arshavin has a chance to up his game for both club and country after Russia reached the Euro 2012 Finals, however, and it's an opportunity he plans to take.
"I'm excited about the tournament," he said. "If we could repeat our performances of Euro 2008 when we reached the semi-finals it would make a good summer for us.
"It's a big thing for Russia that we are there. I think I'm a lot more relaxed and comfortable since we qualified - and I hope that will show in my performances."